February 2014 IRT Newsletter

February 2014 IRT Newsletter


February 2014 Newsletter
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IRT Seeding: Rankings, the Flip, and the ProKennex Tournament of Champions


Why does the IRT seed pros higher than their lower-ranked counterparts in top tier tournaments? An astute fan e-mailed us this question after noticing that #5-ranked Ben Croft was seeded #8 and #6-ranked Daniel De La Rosa was seeded #5 during the Coast to Coast California Open. The reason is two-fold. Here’s the history, how it works, and why it matters.
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Where’s Ben Croft?

_40P3781We asked Ben Croft why he didn’t make it to the Lewis Drug ProAm, and here’s what he said: “For those racquetball people that think I”m just dodging cold weather by missing New Jersey, New York, and Sioux Falls, I can assure you it’s not the case! I would love to be out there competing on the courts, no matter how cold it is outside! I’m working as hard as ever and my shoulder is getting better every day. My hope is to be ready for National Doubles in February, but I can’t confirm I’ll be there quite yet. I can’t wait to be back on the court, and am one step closer with every day that passes!”

Going Back to Basics by Fran Davis

franheadshot_150Back to the Basics is a key principle to use when you’re not playing well and things are just not going your way. If you are not playing well your shots, serves, and returns can begin to breakdown, ending with a lost game or match. This is the perfect time to regroup, access the situation, and get back to the basics in every area of your game. Going back to the basics helps you to regain consistency, sharpens your mental skills, allows you to think more clearly, and rebuilds any lost confidence to get you back on track.
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January’s Triple Tier 1 Wrap-up

image001January’s three tier ones started with the pros kicking off the second half of the season on day two of 2014, arriving at the Coast to Coast California Open before crossing the country to the Cactus Salon NYC ProAm and halfway back again, into the cold grip of an upper-Midwestern winter for the Lewis Drug ProAm, in Sioux Falls, SD.
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Rapha House IRT Online Auction is Open February 10 – March 9

RaphaHouseRapha House, which fights child trafficking and sexual exploitation, is the official charity for the Florida Spring Break IRT ProAm. Auction items will be on display at Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa in downtown Tampa.

IRT Florida Spring Break IRT ProAm Mar 6-9

FLlogoRevSpringtime in Florida means sun, fun, and of course professional racquetball!!! What an incredible combination!!! So, pack your bags and get ready for an amazing week in Tampa!!!!! We are proud to host this amazingly huge Tier 1 IRT event each year and invite each of you to enjoy the hospitality that this fun city has to offer!!!
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National Doubles Championships February 12-16


Live Broadcast Schedule:
Friday 2/14:
10am – 7pm MST
Saturday 2/15:
10am – 7pm MST
(Incl. US Team Qualifying Final)
Sunday 2/16: 10 am Finals

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ROLLOUT Announces Bethlehem Open

BethlehemOpen 2ROLLOUT Event Group has partnered with the Lehigh Valley Racquet & Fitness Club to bring professional racquetball back to Pennsylvania by actively raising money to bring the Bethlehem Open to life for racquetball fans in the Pennsylvania area.
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UnitedHealthcare US Open 2014 Save the Date!



US Open 2013 DVDs on Sale!